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Californians Have One Year to get the Real ID

Posted on October 3, 2019 at 2:55 AM

Starting this month, Californians now have one year to get the Federally mandated REAL ID. After October 2020 you will need the REAL ID to fly, even domestically, and to enter Federal buildings.

What is the REAL ID?

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.

How to get a REAL ID

You will need to make an appointment at the DMV and bring the required identifying documents to prove your identity, such as a US Passport or a certified birth certificate. You will also need to bring proof of your social security number and two items that show evidence of California residence.

If you do not have a certified copy of your birth certificate, you will need to order one. You can go in person to the County Clerk/Recorder's office in the county in which you were born, or you can order it online through VitalCheck. Along with your request, you need to send in the Affidavit of Identity form which requires notarization.

A checklist of acceptable documents is on the DMV website. The fee to get a REAL ID is $36.

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